3 January 2014

Tunisia: Ben Jaafar - NCA Has Drafted Consensual Constitution

Bardo — President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar said on Friday that the NCA has striven to draft a consensual Constitution, one that brings together all Tunisians, meets the Revolution's objectives and lays the cornerstone of a true democracy.

In his address at the opening of the plenary session on the discussion of the draft Constitution, article by article, Ben Jaafar said Tunisia has gone through a difficult stage marked by the polarisation of the Tunisian society, divisions, terrorism, counter-revolution and political assassinations of martyrs Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi.

These factors, he reminded, posed a threat to the transition process and could have dragged the country into the unknown if there had not been enough efforts to bring political stakeholders altogether and resume the National Dialogue.

Ben Jaafar described the current situation as "delicate and complex," requiring patience, wisdom and persistence.

He noted that writing Tunisia's Constitution is not merely drafting a legal text but rather a national rallying project.

He expressed the commitment of all parties to completing the various processes so as to be able to celebrate the third anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution by adopting the Constitution, passing a vote of confidence in the new cabinet and bringing the transition stage to a successful end.

The debate on the draft Constitution started on Friday morning and was attended by 192 out of 217 MPs as well as national and foreign journalists and representatives of several organisations.

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